Saturday, October 31, 2020
News The return of a 4-cylinder engine at Ferrari?

The return of a 4-cylinder engine at Ferrari?

The return? Yup. Everybody knows about Ferrari V8 and V12 engines but few are aware that the famed Italian supercar builder once used 4-cylinder engines. And by once, we’re talking about the 1950s and in Formula cars of the era.

This 4-cylinder however, is different, as you would expect from Ferrari. Located on the exhaust side is a turbine, much like a turbocharger, but unlike a charger, this turbine is not connected to a compressor, or the other half of the turbo. Instead, the turbine serves to power an electric generator. The created and stored energy powers an electric motor that not only drives some wheels but forces compressed air into the engine.

This all sounds very much like an electric turbocharger but we’ll have to wait to find out more, should more come. We also have no information as to its application but we’re guessing that Alfa Romeo, Maserati or an all-new revived nameplate (aka Dino) could be served by such an engine.

Trending Now

Innovative “Super White” Paint Could End Need For A/C

This new paint reflects 95.5% of sunlight. This means that the surface is nearly 8°C cooler than its surroundings. The paint can be used...

The Bugatti Bolide Concept Is Out For Speed

Weighs only 2,734 pounds. W16 engine produces 1,825 horsepower. Its top speed is well over 310 mph, or 500 km/h. Stephan Winkelmann, President of...

Ford And GM, Among Others, Were Aware Of Climate Change More Than 50 Years Ago

Despite findings, nothing was done at the time to reduce emissions. Both companies, among others, opposed efforts to lover GHG. The American Automobile...

Aviation Edition Lexus LC Adds Carbon Fibre Winglets, Alcantara Interior

Special new wing gets help from Red Bull Aerobatic Pilot Aviation-themed LC limited to Japan Lexus is building a special run of LC500s that...

The Mitsuoka Buddy Would Make A Killing In North America

Mitsuoka is a Japanese coachbuilder. The Buddy SUV is based on the Toyota RAV4. It is heavily inspired by ’80 GM SUVs. The Toyota...
Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.